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After the Avant-Gardes

by Elizabeth Millán

A rallying call for all those who have been disquieted or disgusted by the excesses of artistic modernism. This is a collection of ten provocative essays on the arts, by writers of varied orientations who share...

Four Arts of Photography: An Essay in Philosophy

by Dominic McIver Lopes

Four Arts of Photography explores the history of photography through the lens of philosophy and proposes a new scholarly understanding of the art form for the 21st century.

  • Re-examines the history of art photography...

Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception

by Bence Nanay

Aesthetics is about some special and unusual ways of experiencing the world. Not just artworks, but also nature and ordinary objects. But then if we apply the remarkably elaborate and sophisticated conceptual...

Early Modern Aesthetics

by J. Colin McQuillan

A clear and concise account of the relationship between aesthetics and philosophy in Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the development of aesthetics as a discipline in its own right....

The Autonomy of Pleasure: Libertines, License, and Sexual Revolution

by James A. Steintrager

What would happen if pleasure were made the organizing principle for social relations and sexual pleasure ruled over all? Radical French libertines experimented clandestinely with this idea during the Enlightenment....

The Brain-Eye: New Histories of Modern Painting

by Eric Alliez, Jean-Clet Martin & Robin Mackay

English-language translation of a major work by French philosopher Eric Alliez, in which he offers a new perspective on critical problems in modern aesthetics.

Arts, Pedagogy and Cultural Resistance: New Materialisms

by Anna Hickey-Moody & Tara Page

This collection demonstrates how physical objects, materials, space and environments teach us, and redefines practice with theory (praxis) as a more-than-human network. The contributions illustrate how the materials,...

De Gustibus: Arguing About Taste and Why We Do It

by Peter Kivy

In De Gustibus Peter Kivy deals with a question that has never been fully addressed by philosophers of art: why do we argue about art? We argue about the facts of the world either to influence peoples behaviour...

The Philosophy of Art

by Stephen Davies & Philip Alperson

Now available in a fully revised and updated second edition, this accessible and insightful introduction outlines the central theories and ongoing debates in the philosophy of art.

  • Covers a wide range of topics,...

Boredom and Art: Passions Of The Will To Boredom

by Julian Jason Haladyn

Examines the manners in which modern artists use boredom as a form of aesthetic resistance that, at its most positive, is the will to boredom.

Doing Aesthetics with Arendt: How to See Things

by Cecilia Sjoholm

Cecilia Sjöholm reads Hannah Arendt as a philosopher of the senses, grappling with questions of vision, hearing, and touch even in her political work. Constructing an Arendtian theory of aesthetics from the...

Aristotle on the Art of Poetry

by Aristotle

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern...


by Aristotle

Aristotle's Poetics (335 BCE) is the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory and the first extant philosophical treatise to focus on literary theory. Aristotle's Poetics is the most influential book on poetry...

Counsels and Maxims: The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer

by Arthur Schopenhauer

Collected here are five short essays by the world renowned philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer: 'General Rules,' 'Our Relation to Ourselves,' 'Our Relation to Others,' 'Worldly Fortune,' and 'The Ages of Life.'

Fictional Objects

by Stuart Brock & Anthony Everett

Eleven original essays discuss a range of puzzling philosophical questions about fictional characters, and more generally about fictional objects. For example, they ask questions like the following: Do they...

The Practices of the Enlightenment: Aesthetics, Authorship, and the Public

by Dorothea E. von Mücke

Rethinking the relationship between eighteenth-century pietistic traditions and Enlightenment thought and practice, The Practices of Enlightenment unravels the complex and often neglected religious origins of...

The Philosophy of Poetry

by John Gibson

In recent years philosophers have produced important books on nearly all the major arts: the novel and painting, music and theatre, dance and architecture, conceptual art and even gardening. Poetry is the sole...

Laughter, the Meaning of the Comic

by Henri Bergson

Laughter, the Meaning of the Comic by Henri Bergson. First published in 1900 by Henri-Louis Bergson (1859–1941) was a major French philosopher, influential especially in the first half of the 20th century....

The Possibility of Culture: Pleasure and Moral Development in Kant's Aesthetics

by Bradley Murray

The Possibility of Culture: Pleasure and Moral Development in Kant's Aesthetics presents an in-depth exploration and deconstruction of Kant's depiction of the ways in which aesthetic pursuits can promote personal...

Aesthetical And Philosophical Essays by Frederick Schiller

by Friedrich Schiller

The special subject of the greater part of the letters and essays of Schiller contained in this volume is Aesthetics; and before passing to any remarks on his treatment of the subject it will be useful to offer...